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    08-17-2011, 07:23 PM
Horse just stops.

I'm a first time horse owner. My horse is a 10 year old Missouri Foxtrotter Gelding. I can put his halter on him, he will walk a couple steps behind me and then he stops. I tried carrotts, apples he will eat them walk a couple steps and than stop again. He is doing it more often now. I understand he needs time to adjust I only bought him two weeks ago.
I need help to solve this problem.
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    08-17-2011, 07:47 PM
This is an easy fix. When you lead him, carry a dressage whip, and when he lags behind, tap him with it. Do not turn around & tap, keep walking & use the whip behind you to tap his bum, or where ever the whip reaches. Make him walk with his head at your shoulder. After once or twice tapping him like this, he will lead.
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    08-17-2011, 07:50 PM
Thank you for your help.
    08-17-2011, 07:51 PM
By adjust, please realize he's figured you out. Put a knotted halter on him and hold the lead shank about 3' from the halter with your right hand. With a lunge whip in your left (hold onto the lash) let the tip touch the ground behind you. Ask him to walk with a click or kissing sound and start walking, shoulders straight and focus on something about a hundred feet away. When he stops, raise the whip up to about waist height and let it touch him. As long as he moves, even a step sideways, he's done as you've asked. Just keep doing this with your focus ahead of you and he'll soon start walking as soon as you move the whip. If there is concern about him crowding you, flap your right elbow now and again. He doesn't want to bump into it. He may once but likely won't again.
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    08-17-2011, 09:33 PM
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If you give him a treat every time he stops, why wouldn't he keep stopping?

You think you are bribing him to go and he thinks you are training him to stop. Which do you think is easier to do and more rewarding?

[Bribing does not train a horse anyway.]
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